The community is invited to attend two FREE information sessions next week on the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP).
The Plan, led by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) on behalf of the Australian Government, is looking at the development of an integrated strategy for the control of carp impacts in Australia. This includes investigations into the possible release of a carp virus, Cyprinid herpesvirus 3.
Information sessions for the public and interested parties:
- Mannum – 6-8pm, Monday 5 February – Mannum Motel (The Barn Conference Venue), 76 Cliff St, Mannum.
- Adelaide – 6-8pm, Tuesday 6 February – SA Sea Rescue Squadron, 7 Barcoo Road, West Beach.
The sessions, part of a series of NCCP stakeholder and community workshops being held in regional and metropolitan locations throughout Australia, are an opportunity for interested members of the public to hear first-hand from the NCCP team on the project and contribute their thoughts on the carp problem in their regions.
For more information visit the www.carp.gov.au website.
Native to Europe and Asia, carp have been introduced to Australia numerous times over the last 180 years and are now present in every state and territory in Australia with the exception of the Northern Territory.
Carp is considered the worst freshwater aquatic pest in south-eastern Australia, particularly within the Murray Darling Basin.
Research indicates that carp now makes up 80 per cent of fish biomass in many waterways and often displaces native species.
The NCCP is a program of risk assessment, research, planning and consultation to identify a smart, safe, effective and integrated suite of measures to control carp populations in Australia.
The community consultation will also explore the potential use of a biocontrol measure the carp-specific virus – Cyprinid herpesvirus 3. Already present in over 30 countries, the virus has the potential to reduce carp numbers in Australia by over 70%.
Such a reduction would have dramatic benefits for water quality, aquatic vegetation, native fish, fishing and irrigation.
Quotes attributable to Biosecurity Manager Strategy, Policy and Invasive Species, John Virtue
There is a lot of interest in the National Carp Control Plan, especially from people living along the River Murray but also from those who enjoy visiting and fishing in our inland waterways.
The remaining two information sessions are a great opportunity for the community to share their experiences and thoughts on carp control. Feedback from these sessions will directly help shape the national plan.